Tughlakabad Crisis Appeal
The Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority on August 10 following a Supreme Court order. Since then, a series of protests have been organised by Dalit organisations in many states.
Thousands of Dalits from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere took to the streets in Delhi on Wednesday (August 21) to protest against the demolition of a temple dedicated to Sant Ravidas in Delhi's Tughlakabad area earlier this month. Police resorted to lathicharge, fired teargas shells and used "mild force" to disperse them after the protests turned violent. Several people, including police personnel, were injured, despite heavy police deployment.
Police also arrested Dalit leader and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and detained over 50 others.
The Ravidas temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on August 10 following a Supreme Court order. Since then, a series of protests have been organised by Dalit organisations in many states.
Dalit leaders have accused the central government of disregarding sentiments of Dalits, who are followers of Ravidas. (The central government is being blamed because DDA reports to it).
Besides protests on the streets, the matter has also taken a political turn with various Opposition parties voicing support for the protesters. Delhi goes to poll early next year while elections are due in Haryana later this year.
The Supreme Court meanwhile has said any attempt to politicise its order will be viewed as contempt of court.
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